Memory Tip: How to Improve Your Memory Power

Making small temporary changes in your environment is an easy method to use if you’re wondering how to improve your memory power.  Moving things from their usual location, turning them on their side, putting them on the floor or in front of your door are all examples of making your environment work for you in triggering [Read more...]

Free Matching Games for Adults

Here at ImprovingYourMemoryTechniques.com, we’re always looking for free matching games for adults to help you hone your skills. Today I found a site with matching games that I think you’ll enjoy. As with other good online games, there are [Read more...]

How to Memorize Bible Chapters

Wondering how to memorize bible chapters more effectively and more successfully? In this excerpt, the author Ben Stevens, excitedly shares a technique he learned from [Read more...]

Memory Tips for Learning Bible Verses

If you’re looking for help and memory tips for learning bible verses, you may like the three ideas suggested by Sheryl in her Memorizing Scripture Blog.

Memory Tips for Learning Bible Verses

Memory Tips for Learning Bible Verses

try these 3 memory tips for learning bible verses

Family Method: (Can be done while taking trips in the car, or around the dinner table.)

  1. Each participant has a written copy of the memory verse(s).
  2. Recite the Scripture as a group.
  3. While looking at the Scripture, the first person starts by reciting the first word, the second person recites the second word of the memory verse(s), etc. Continue around the group until the whole verse is quoted.
  4. Make it a goal to eventually do this without looking at the memory verse(s).

For the other two techniques, click here.

Learning together with others works well for many people. It addresses their preferred learning style — enhancing the learning and making it more fun. What do you think of these memory tips for learning bible verses? Share your comments below.

 

 

 

Improving Your Memory Techniques

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Memory Techniques for College Students

I don’t love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful.
Natalie Portman

If you see yourself reflected in this quote, you are probably looking for ways to make the studying process easier. I found a nice long list of 20 memory techniques for college students on the Stonehill College website. The article suggests that you adapt the methods to suit your own learning style and helps you do this by splitting the techniques into 4 general categories for improving memory: organization, using your body, using your brain, and recalling. Here are a few of the techniques.

Memory Techniques for College Students

10. Overlearn.  One way to fight mental fuzziness is to learn more than you need to know about a subject simply to pass a test.  You can pick a subject apart, examine it, add to it, and go over it until it becomes second nature.
This technique is especially effective for problem solving.  Do the assigned problems, and then do more problems.  Then make up up your own problems and solve them.

memory techniques for college students

try some of these 20 memory techniques for college students

11. Escape the short-term memory trap.  Short-term memory is different from the kind of memory you’ll need during exam week.  For example, most of us can look at an unfamiliar seven-digit phone number once and remember it long enough to dial it.  See if you can recall the number the next day.
Short-term memory can fade after a few minutes, and it rarely lasts more than several hours.  A short review within minutes or hours of a study session can move material from short-term memory into long-term memory.

15. Give your “secret brain” a chance.  Sometimes the way you combine studying with other activities can affect how well you remember information.  The trick is to avoid what psychologists call retroactive inhibition, something that happens when a new or unrelated activity interferes with previous learning.
Say that you’ve just left your evening psychology class, which included a fascinating lecture on Sigmund Freud’s theory of dreams.  You then check your team schedule and realize that you have a competition coming up in two days.  You begin to analyze your opponent and soon find that you can think about your opponent and soon find that you can think of little else.  In this scenario, the key concepts of psychology lecture are pushed aside by your gripping concern about the competition.
Consider another scenario instead.  You arrange to carpool with a teammate who is in the same class.  On the way home, you talk about the lecture.  The discussion ignites into a debate as you and your friend take opposite stands on a principle of Freud’s theory.  Later, just before going to sleep, your brain can now process the key points of the lecture – something that will come in handy for the mid-term exam.  The beauty of this scenario is that you keep your head in your course work rather than worrying about the competition.   In the process, your memory benefits.

Go here for the rest of the list.

There are lots of good ideas in this article. Which of these memory techniques for college students have you found to be most effective for you? Tell us in the comment section and then share this list with your friends.

Memory Technique for Learning Bible Verses

If you’re looking for a memory technique for learning bible verses, you may want to try Rachel O’Neill’s strategy. She writes a blog called the Purposeful Wife and has [Read more...]

How Can I Remember Just About Anything?

It’s a dream come true — yes really! School, business, every day life would be so much easier if we could master “How can I remember just about anything?” The answer lies in dreaming.

 How Can I Remember Just About Anything?

This article from our friends at healthiertalk.com tells us more about it.

 Having trouble remembering that important speech or recalling what you needed at the grocery store? It turns out that boosting your memory might be as simple as taking a nap.

Researchers have found that those who take a nap and dream about a task they have just learned do better at performing it later than those who don’t nap or non-dreamers.

How Can I Remember Just About Anything?

Here’s how to use his memory technique.

The simplest way to take advantage of our brain’s tendency to do this memory-related-dreaming is to save studying and learning tasks to right before you go to sleep. Or plan in a nap after a study session. Then review the materials again after your nap to improve your learning and recall.

The leading neuroscientist on the study, Dr. Stickgold, also suggested that trying to get excited about the task is the best way to assure that you dream about it later.

How can I remember just about anything?

How can I remember just about anything?

Read the entire article here.

You’re not being lazy if you’ve been studying hard and need a break.  “How can I remember just about anything?” It seems that napping and dreaming can do you a world of good — and just might help you get an “A” on your tests. Leave us your comments below and click the link to share this post with your friends.

 

 

Is Multi-Tasking Bad for Your Memory?

I’m not good at multi-tasking –  unless it involves folding laundry and watching television at the same time. If I’m doing anything more complicated than that, the results aren’t good. We know it effects focus, but is multi-tasking bad for your memory too? According to research studies, multi-tasking causes poor short term memory.

 Is Multi-Tasking Bad for Your Memory?

Here’s what happens when you try to multi-task.

Is multi-tasking bad for your memory?

Is multi-tasking bad for your memory?

Professor Russell Poldrack, a psychologist at the University of California, conducted brain scan research which found that doing something else while trying to learn, such as watching TV while doing homework, sends information to an inappropriate part of the brain. Instead of sending information to the hippocampus as it is supposed to, an area of the brain involved in storing and recalling information, the information is sent to the striatum, a region involved in learning new skills from where it is difficult to retrieve ideas and facts.

Here are some suggested coping strategies as well.

1. Focus on non-verbal cues when conversing with others

2. Try to be more aware of what you are thinking

3. Practice multi-tasking with simple tasks

4. Reduce multi-tasking in the afternoon after lunch when it’s more likely to cause overload

5. Meditate – brain scans of non-religious Westerners who meditate have shown increased development in the brain areas associated with attention and memory.

Here is the entire blog post.

I guess it’s a good thing after all that I’m not efficient at multi-tasking. I’ll just keep focusing on doing one thing at a time. After all, I don’t want the information to end up in the wrong place. What if it ends up in my toes?

What have you noticed about multi-tasking and your ability to remember things later? Share your comments.

How to Recognize the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

A common concern of older people as well as their children and caregivers is how to recognize the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.  When I used to speak to community groups, the most common question was “How do we know what’s normal aging and what’s Alzheimer’s disease?”

In this easy-to-read article, Dr.  Salvatore Lacagnina , vice president of health and wellness for Lee Memorial Health System in Florida, outlines the symptoms and risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease.

Do you know how to recognize the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease?

Do you know how to recognize the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease?

How to Recognize the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a particular type of dementia that causes a progressive loss of intellectual and social skills severe enough to interfere with day-to-day life. With Alzheimer’s disease, brain cells degenerate and die, causing a steady decline in memory and mental function.

The first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are increasing forgetfulness and mild confusion. Some people notice difficulty remembering things and organizing their thoughts, while others may not recognize that anything is wrong. Over time, memory is impaired and, as the disease progresses, the individual may develop problems speaking, writing, solving problems and making sound judgments.

People with Alzheimer’s also suffer problems with orientation and interpreting spatial relationships. They may lose their sense of what day it is, the time of year, where they are or even their current life circumstances. Alzheimer’s also may disrupt the brain’s ability to interpret what you see, making it difficult to understand your surroundings. Eventually, these problems may lead to getting lost in familiar places. This is one of the reasons folks with Alzheimer’s should not drive.

Responding effectively to everyday problems, such as food burning on the stove or unexpected driving situations, becomes increasingly challenging. Planning and performing familiar tasks becomes a problem. Once-routine activities that require sequential steps, such as planning and cooking a meal or playing a favorite game, become a struggle as the disease progresses. Eventually, people with advanced Alzheimer’s may forget how to perform basic tasks such as dressing and bathing.

Family members also notice changes in personality and behavior. People with Alzheimer’s disease may experience depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, mood swings, distrust in others, increased stubbornness, irritability/aggressiveness, changes in sleeping habits and wandering.

You can read the entire article here.

Have you had to know how to recognize the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease? Share your experiences below.